Often, compositions and arrangements come from a need for something very particular that doesn’t yet exist. Such was the case with these pieces I arranged for handbells. They were written during years when I was directing church bell choirs. I played handbells in college and loved it (thank you Don Brown)! As I revisit these arrangements for recording purposes, I keep thinking I need to write more pieces for handbells.
“Ride On, King Jesus” is dedicated to my college handbell director, Dr. Donald Brown. This was one of his favorite spirituals. I sang it many times under his direction in chapel choir, and therefore decided to set it for handbells in his honor. “Wondrous Love” is one of my favorite hymns. This arrangement is for bells with flute obbligato.
Photos are from our recording session on July 7, 2016.